November 28th, 2013 by Laura
A reader tipped us to a change at 2209 Queen Anne Ave N last night – not sure how I missed this one, but the signage must have just gone up or I was totally oblivious when I walked by the other day (possible when you have a hyper puppy in tow)… Local French restaurant Portage is now Cioppino Ristorante Italiano.
Searches are turning up pretty much nothing on the new spot; the sign is up, but the menu in the window is still Portage’s last menu (and, it’s Thanksgiving, so no one is around as you can see in the photo).
According to a November 2nd post on Portage’s Facebook page, the owners “are moving on to a new venture in Fremont on 36th street this winter. Portage has a new owner who will continue to satisfy your foie gras fix.”
Stay tuned for more info on what looks to be a new Italian spot on Upper Queen Anne!
Tags: business opening, Cioppino, Italian restaurant, Portage
November 23rd, 2013 by Laura
According to Zagat.com, Taylor Shellfish is set to open a shop on Lower Queen Anne/Uptown in the spring. Taylor Shellfish currently has a shop at Melrose Market, with the second location planned for the retail level of EXPO apartments at 118 Republican St.
Here’s the scoop from Zagat:
Taylor Shellfish has signed a lease for a new shop in Lower Queen Anne, on the ground floor of EXPO apartments. It’s expected to open next spring.
The first Seattle shop on Melrose debuted in 2011 to rave reviews. Originally intended as a shop to showcase bivavles raised around the Puget Sound, with a small oyster bar, the tables were soon turned as oyster fans poured into the place to feast on Kumamotos, Shigoku and Totten Inlet Virginicas while sipping oyster-friendly wines. Seating expanded, geoduck chowder was added. The shop evolved into more of an eatery, the casual atmosphere warm and inviting. The new spot will have a similar mission.
Tags: business opening, oysters, Taylor Shellfish
September 30th, 2013 by Laura
Have you been anxiously awaiting your sugar fix at the corner of Crockett St and Queen Anne Ave N? Or has the Cupcake Royale tent done its job? (I know I’ve picked up my fair share of cupcakes…)
Well, the wait is almost over. After much work on the interior space, Cupcake Royale is opening on Thursday, October 10th – which is also a Queen Anne Farmers Market day, so two for one!
Cupcake Royale is not only opening, they’re throwing a party – here’s the rundown of opening day events straight from the source, and be sure to note that our newest merchant is already getting in the Queen Anne spirit with proceeds from the Future Froster event going to our own Queen Anne Helpline (thank you, Cupcake Royale!).
- 7am: The first 100 customers who come in and buy a coffee drink will get a Cupcake Royale QUEEN ANNE diner mug – FREE! while supplies last!
- 7am-10am: Enjoy samples of the bakery’s new line of pastries – fresh from the ovens! Including homemade muffins with seasonal berries, delicious scones, coffeecakes, banana bread, cookies and more!
- 10am-noon: Future Froster of America? Try your hand at a frosting a perfect Cupcake Royale swirl! Cupcake Royale expert frosters will be helping with demonstrations and lessons! There will be prizes awarded for the best looking cupcakes! Meet Queen Anne Manager Alyson Stoner and decorate your own cupcake. Learn more about hosting your own Sprinkle Cupcake Party in the café. Price is $5 a cupcake, with proceeds going to the Queen Anne Helpline.
- 3-7pm: FREE BABY SCOOP of Cupcake Royale’s Homemade Ice Cream! Come in during the Farmer’s Market and along with samples of pastry, cupcakes and coffee, and enjoy a free baby scoop! Meet Cupcake Royale Owner and Founder Jody Hall.
Mark your calendars for October 10and get your sweet-tooth fix!
Tags: business opening, Cupcake Royale, new business
September 3rd, 2013 by Laura
Former Blockbuster site
Photo courtesy of Ewing & Clark
We’ve had several readers write in and let us know that the former Blockbuster Video location at 522 Queen Anne Ave N is sporting a new “leased” sign in the window. The location has been vacant since February 2011, and it’s a prime spot across from the Uptown Theatre.
I did some digging, and it looks like a new pet store is on its way to serve Queen Anne and Uptown dogs and cats.
The long-vacant Blockbuster spot will be home to a new Mud Bay location. According to Mud Bay co-CEO Marisa Wulff, the new store will be opening in early December.
Mud Bay is a family-owned pet supply store that was founded in 1988 by Elsa Wulff, expanding from a “tiny farm store on Mud Bay Road in Olympia” to 24 (soon to be 25) stores in the Puget Sound region.
Tags: business opening, new business
July 7th, 2013 by Laura
Local Seattle salon Chroma Salon and Spa is adding a Queen Anne location at 1809 Queen Anne Ave N (the former home of Robert Samuel Salon). Chroma is now open and planning a grand opening reception at the end of July.
The Queen Anne location will be the third Chroma Salon and Spa – owners Daniel Deaver and Bryce Francis opened the original Chroma in Wallingford two years ago, and added a second location downtown in the Alexis Hotel.
New home of Chroma Salon and Spa
For those of you who’ve frequented Robert Samuel Salon, the Chroma owners have been working with Robert prior to the change. Chroma Salon and Spa will be keeping many things the same, including product lines and some familiar faces from Robert Samuel.
According to owner Bryce Francis, a key change will be the addition of spa services. However, the salon will mainatain the commitment to the Queen Anne community that Robert Samuel has had over the past two decades. Bryce and Dan are Green Lake residents, but have spent a lot of time on Queen Anne and are looking forward to the new location:
“We are very excited to meet the neighbors and invite you all to come in and say hello. We’ll try to get out and introduce ourselves to the local community in the coming weeks.”
And, for those of you wondering about Robert Samuel, he’s still in business at Salon Voda and can be reached at 206.281.7366.
Tags: business opening, new business, salon
July 5th, 2013 by Laura
Fuji Bakery, a Japanese artisan bakery with a location in the International District, has opened the doors on a new location at 1030 Elliott Ave West. You may have noticed the white building with the red letters on Elliott – it’s been there for a few months, and it’s now finally open.
The new bakery has an array of both sweet and savory pastries – I stopped by this morning and picked up a Bacon Epi, Custard Bun, and a Fraise, a flaky pastry topped with custard and strawberries (all tasty!), and spoke with the owner about the new store.
The bakery had a soft open the Monday before last, and is now fully up and running with a case full of tasty baked goods, Vashon Island Coffee Roasters coffee, two large family style tables, and free ample parking in a lot to the south of the building.
Fuji Bakery has been open in Seattle since June 2009, and now you no longer have to travel to the ID for their baked goods. Stop by Fuji Bakery for your sweet and savory cravings, and welcome them to the neighborhood!
Tags: bakery, business opening, new business
June 27th, 2013 by Laura
You may remember the early tip we had on a new sushi spot coming to Upper Queen Anne – back in May, it was just a simple sign on the old Pinkabella window promising “sushi soon” with a June date.
Fast forward to today, and Sushi Samurai is open for business at 1817 Queen Anne Ave N.
According to owners Kat and Ray, Sushi Samurai is a family friendly, easy going sushi restaurant. They encourage patrons to relax and take their time trying the various sushi wares.
The new restaurant has a sushi bar and seating too (I took a photo through the window last week, as it looked oh-so-close to opening).
Ray, who’s not only the owner, but also the sushi chef, invites patrons to his sushi bar as if it were his home. A wide selection of fish is featured in rolls, nigiri, and sashimi, and much of it is sustainable.
Sushi Samurai is now open 7 days a week. Monday through Friday the restaurant is open 11:30am-3pm, and 4-9pm with a happy hour that runs from 4-6pm. Saturday and Sunday they’re open for dinner service only from 4-9pm.
They’re looking forward to meeting the neighborhood, so stop by and say “welcome to Queen Anne”!
Tags: business opening
June 26th, 2013 by Laura
A new personal training business has moved into the brick building across from Queen Anne Elementary and is open for business.
Boston Street Fitness is at 408 Boston St, with co-owners and trainers Tom Fillingim and Michael Fell accepting new clients of all fitness levels for one-on-one training sessions.
If you’re interested in starting a new exercise program or are looking for a professional consultation on exercise, health or nutrition, Tom and Michael are at the ready.
Boston Street Fitness is not your typical gym – it doesn’t accept walk-ins, but rather is one-on-one training by appointment only. You can set up your own training sessions by contacting Boston Street Fitness via email or at 206-892-8415 (Mike) or 206-618-6464 (Tom).
Tags: business opening, personal trainer
May 28th, 2013 by Laura
We got a quick tip from a reader this weekend about a new wine bar going in at 114 Republican. The image is from their mobile app (and, yes, it says 118 Republican), as their web site is still under construction.
According to an article in Seattle Met, Triumph Bar will have a wine list numbering 300 bottles and 30 glass pours – and half of the bottles will be priced under $60 per bottle, keeping plenty of less-expensive options open for wine-lovers.
There’s definitely a focus on wine, but the restaurant will also serve up a menu of wine-pair-able items such as cheeses and small plates. And, if you lean to mixology, they’ll have specialty cocktails as well.
Triumph Bar is slated to open in the second half of July, just in time for summer!
Tags: business opening, wine bar
May 19th, 2013 by Laura
Great news from a reader tip (thanks, Brian!) – Tup Tim Thai has swapped out the “lost our lease” signs with the following:
The Uptown Alliance sent a letter to the property owners and management on May 9th, asking them to find an acceptable agreement to keep Tup Tim Thai open. Looks like Tup Tim Thai has reached an agreement, and will be staying put at 118 W Mercer St.
Tags: business opening, Tup Tim Thai
May 15th, 2013 by Laura
A few weeks ago, we got a tip from a reader (thanks, Mark!) about a liquor license posted at 20 Roy St. We followed up and found owner Matt Storm busy at work on The Masonry – a wood-fired pizza and craft beer bar.
Future home of The Masonry, 20 Roy St
The Masonry’s menu will be headed up by chef Lucas Neve, formerly of Montlake’s Cafe Lago. Matt will be managing the craft beers himself, bringing his knowledge garnered from a past stint at Malt and Vine and his position at Seattle German Pubs.
The menu will stay fairly small, with offerings varying based on what Lucas finds fresh and in-season. The craft beer bar will also feature a rotating selection, and in addition to selling bottles, The Masonry will also fill growlers to go. Plus, for those whose tastes tend toward the grape, there’ll be a couple of house wines and a selection of bottles from wineries that are “great and often overlooked”.
Matt and team are hard at work on the new digs, and they’re currently aiming for a July 1st opening. According to Matt, “we can’t wait to get to know our beer and food loving neighbors” – so, mark your calendars for July and welcome a new business to Lower Queen Anne/Uptown!
Tags: beer, business opening, craft beer, pizza
May 8th, 2013 by Laura
At Queen Anne View, we love tips. Readers help us cover the neighborhood and give us the heads up on new and interesting items. Recent tips? Calva Café closing, a new sushi place on Queen Anne Ave N, Cederberg Tea House – and that’s just from the past week or so. If you see something interesting or newsworthy, send it our way!
While we always dig up what we can on tips, available research sometimes leads us only so far. With that disclaimer, we received a tip on sushi happenings at 500 Mercer St sent in by a reader (thanks, Mark!) that we’ve followed as far as we can at this point.
Genki Sushi is no more
Photo courtesy of Genki Sushi
Here’s the scoop: Genki Sushi at 500 Mercer St closed in March (not sure how that one slipped by us or our usual tipsters…), but a new sushi spot, Ten Sushi, has applied for a business license at the same location.
Ten Sushi has also applied for a liquor license to sell beer, wine, and spirits, and it appears that the applicant, Shinichiro Takahashi, is a former Genki Sushi operations manager. Stay tuned for more info as it becomes available.
If you have any additional info on this spot or any other neighborhood happenings, just let us know.
Tags: business closure, business opening, sushi